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Carpio: No explanation why 5 ‘biased justices’ allowed to join Sereno case; just wait for verdict

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The Supreme Court en banc on Tuesday denied Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno’s motion for inhibition against her five colleagues in connection with the quo warranto petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), seeking to nullify her appointment.

Sereno accused Associate Justices Diosdado Peralta, Lucas Bersamin, Francis Jardeleza, Noel Tijam and Teresita Leonardo-De Castro of showing “actual bias” and “animosity”.

Before the start of the oral arguments, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio announced that the five justices, whom Sereno accused of being biased against her, had denied her motion seeking their inhibition from the case.

Sereno moved for the inhibition of the five associate justices who have testified against her in the impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives.

Carpio said the justices would explain their reasons for denying Sereno’s motion for inhibition together with the resolution of the quo warranto petition.

Sereno’s counsel, lawyer Alex Poblador, reiterated that their participation in the proceedings should not be considered as waiver of their position that the five justices should inhibit from the case. (PNA)

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